Doc Rivers awarded Red Auerbach honor

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Doc Rivers awarded Red Auerbach honor

Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers has been honored with this year's Red Auerbach Award for his dedication to the C's.

The honor is given to the player or coach that best exemplifies the spirit of what it means to be a Boston Celtic. It has been awarded since the 2005-2006 season after legendary Celtic Arnold "Red" Auerbach.

Celtics managing partner and co-owner Wyc Grousbeck gave Rivers the award in a ceremony before Friday's game against the Wizards.

Doc Rivers deserves this award because he has proved that not only can you be a great basketball coach but you can be a strong role model in the Boston community and off the court, Grousbeck said. I am proud to have someone like Doc Rivers as a Boston Celtic because he exemplifies what it means to be a true Celtic."

Past recipients include Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Al Jefferson and Paul Pierce.

Hayward scheduled to meet with C's, Jazz, Heat when free agency begins

Hayward scheduled to meet with C's, Jazz, Heat when free agency begins

Coveted free agent Gordon Hayward reportedly has three teams he is interested in signing with this summer. The Celtics, as you might expect, are one of them.

The other two are the Heat and his team for the last seven years, the Jazz.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Hayward is scheduled to meet with all three teams when free agency begins, starting with the Heat on Saturday and then the Jazz on Monday. His day to meet with the Celtics has yet to be announced.

All three teams are likely to offer Hayward max contracts, but expect the C's to push extra hard to land him as they attempt to "sequence acquisitions" for both Hayward and Pacers star Paul George.